Aluminium sector snapshot shows continued environmental gains for US industry

A new industry sector snapshot report released by the Aluminum Association shows positive environmental impact trendlines for the US aluminium industry on almost every measure over the past 25 years.

The U.S. Aluminum Industry Sector Snapshot report focuses on seven key environmental issue areas – air, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, land management, water, waste and aluminium scrap usage. In nearly every area, the report shows the industry has reduced its impact significantly since the 1990s. Positive environmental trends are attributable to  performance improvements by the US industry and the transition from an aluminium supply heavily reliant on primary metal to one that includes significantly more recycled material.

A graphic summary of the full report is available here.

“The US aluminium industry has made considerable strides reducing its environmental impact since the 1990s,” said Tom Dobbins, president & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “Notably, aluminium producers have done so while demand for the metal has grown by more than 25% domestically. Aluminium is incredibly sustainable in the use phase – making cars and trucks more energy efficient, buildings greener and packaging more recyclable. But the industry is also firmly committed to doing what it can on the production side to reduce its impact.”

Data in the report comes from public reporting by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is modelled after the EPA’s own “Smart Sector” snapshots. As with the sector snapshots, the baseline years of comparison vary across different environmental metrics. The association’s report selected baseline years to align as closely as possible with other industry snapshots and according to the oldest available data for the given metric.

The information focuses exclusively on US facilities involved in the production of alumina as well as the production and recycling of aluminium and its semi-fabricated products. Any foreign production that feeds into US aluminium supply chains is not reflected in the data, the environmental impact of imported material is not reflected.

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